A short hike from Loveland Pass can take you to the summit of Mt. Sniktau (el 13,234ft). Breathtaking views and overly friendly marmots greet you along the way.
A short two mile trail and 1,000ft of vertical takes you to the top of Chief Mountain el 11,709ft. It's a great little summit with views from Pikes Peak all the way to Longs Peak.
The lower half of the Abyss Trail is a wonderful gentle climb mostly along the Scott Gomer Creek. Like many trails the higher you go the better it gets and after a couple stream crossings opens up into beautiful meadows with gorgeous views. The first stream crossing has a couple well cut and placed logs. The second crossing had no bridge at all which meant a thigh deep crossing in painfully cold icy water. And the third crossing was a fairly precarious log bridge, but after the previous icy dip, I was thankful there was anything there at all.
Between tapering and time constraints, I only got about 5 miles up where the Abyss trail crosses the Rosalie trail. Nonetheless this section is lovely and well worth the short trip up Guanella Pass.
Flying J Ranch Park is a great little spot for a mellow 3-5 mile run. The trails are mostly smooth and buffed out, but they wind nicely through meadows and in and out of forested sections.
This morning was my first time out in Staunton State Park and I was shocked at how gorgeous this place is. For a nice as it is it certainly seems to fly under the radar.
I didn't have a ton of time so I shot right up Lions Head the shortest way possible which still made for a 10.5 mile run with ~2,000ft of vert.